N.C. Cooperative Extension is taking applications for the 2015 Master Gardener Program. Participants receive 42 hours of training in subjects including insects and disease, fruits, shade trees, ornamentals, lawn care, and vegetable culture. Successful completion results in being certified as a Master Gardener. Classes begin in February. For an application or more information, call the Extension Center at (828)349-2046 or visit macon.ces.ncsu.edu.
An Organizational Meeting of the Jackson County Poultry Club will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office (Community Service Center). Call (828)586-4009 for more information or directions.
Gem and Mineral Society of Franklin will meet on Jan. 29., 6:30 p.m. at the Robert Carpenter Community Building on 441 S. The program will be a show and tell. Guests are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Counselors will provide free tax preparation for individuals at Macon County Library, 149 Siler Road, Franklin. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (By Appointment only), Monday and Tuesdays, from Feb. 2 through April 7. Call the Library for appointment: (828)524-3600. You will need to bring your NC or GA Driver’s license & Social Security cards (for all dependents), your 2013 tax return, any W-2s, 1099’s and other documents you received for 2014. Be sure to bring any documents you have regarding ACA. (Obama Care).
Franklin Garden Club Luncheon Meeting will be held on Monday February 2, 11:30 a.m. at the Boiler Room Restaurant in the fun Factory off of South Georgia Road. Visitors are welcome. Please call Nancy Wiley at (828)524-0020 if you plan on attending.
Friends of the Scottish Tartan Museum will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m. in Memorial Hall of the First United Methodist Church. Topics to be discussed include Burn's Night success, fundraiser in March on behalf of the museum, and the Taste of Scotland. Bring a friend.
Macon County Beekeepers Association will meet on Feb. 5, 7 p.m. at the Extension Office on Thomas Heights Road. The speaker will be Greg Rogers of Haw Creek Honey Company in Asheville. He will be discussing getting your bees ready for spring, feeding, and making splits. Members are invited to join for dinner at Thai Paradise on 441 at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to the meeting.
Healthcare Insurance Enrollment Workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Macon County Public Library. Certified Navigators will be on hand to help those wishing to enroll in affordable health insurance. They’ll also answer your questions about affordable healthcare insurance and how to avoid the penalty for 2015. Registration is not required and there is no charge for the assistance. For more information, call Cynthia Solesbee of Mountain Projects at (828)400-4177.
Franklin Bird Club Trip to Lake Junaluska to look for wintering water birds and other species will be held on Feb. 7. John and Cathy Sill will lead the trip. They will circle the lake by car with stops to get better views of this magnet for wintering birds. Meet at Bi-Lo parking at 8 a.m. to carpool. For more information or to sign up, call (828)524-5234.
Community Breastfeeding Information and Support Group will be held on February 7, 10:30 a.m. till noon. Meetings are being held in the main lobby of the Smoky Mountain OB/GYN located across from Harris Hospital, directly behind Nic & Nates Restaurant. Meetings are free. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact any of the following Brandi Nations, LifeSpring Lactation Service, (770)519- 2903, Stephanie Faulkner, (828)506-1185 (www.birthnaturalwnc), or Teresa Bryant, at (828)587-8223.
Sustainable Mountain Living Communities Free Documentary Film, In Organic We Trust, will be held on Monday, Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m. at the Rabun County Library, Hwy. 76 West, Clayton. The film addresses commonly asked questions about organic food. It takes a balanced approach to clear up misconceptions while highlighting practical solutions on how to grow and eat our food. Registration is not required. For information, contact (706)782-7978.
Caregiver Support Group will be held on Feb. 10, 3 p.m. at the Senior Center. For those who are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, depressed, tired, rundown and would like to have additional caregiving coping strategies. A support system of other caregivers who understand. For more information, call (828)349-2058.
Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunity will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at Prentiss Church of God, 59 Church Hill Lane. All blood types are currently needed to help maintain a diverse and sufficient blood supply, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (800)733-2767.
Macon County Art Association Grand Re-Opening of the Uptown Gallery will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, gallery open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a reception from 5-7 pm. A children's valentine activity, door prizes, and refreshments will be provided during the reception. The gallery is located at 30 East Main Street in Franklin.
NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers two regular support groups: Family/Caregivers Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. This group is for family members/ friends with a loved one who is living with mental illness. Combination Support Group meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. This group is for individuals living with a mental illness and for family members. Note new location for both groups: Memorial United Methodist Church, 4668 Old Murphy Road, Franklin. For directions or information, call Ann (828)369-7385 or Donita (828)526-9510.
Macon County Senior Services Beginner Watercolor Classes Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m. Supplies are provided. Free to seniors. For more information, call Elizabeth at (828)349-2058.
Life Story Writing will be held on Mondays 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. in the Activity Room at the Senior Center. Share life’s wisdom, and your experiences with others. For more information call (828)349-2058.
Al-Anon Meetings are held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library. For more information about Al-Anon Family Groups, visit al-anon.org, or for information about the local meeting, call (828)524-0166.
Grief Support Groups Meet in Highlands on Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jane Woodruff Building 1st floor, on the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital campus, 171 Hospital Drive Highlands. The Sylva group meets on Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Jackson County Dept of Aging,100 County Services Park, Sylva. The programs are free and open to the community.